Scenic Hudson (Esopus Meadows Preserve)

Esopus, New York

 

Organization description: 

A crusader for the Hudson Valley since 1963, Scenic Hudson works to protect and restore the Hudson River and its majestic landscape as an irreplaceable national treasure and a vital resource for residents and visitors. Our team of experts combines land acquisition, support for agriculture, citizen-based advocacy and sophisticated planning tools to create environmentally healthy communities, champion smart economic growth, open up riverfronts to the public and preserve the valley’s inspiring beauty and natural resources.

 

Esopus Meadows Preserve, a 96-acre park, offers two miles of woodland trails and a shoreline with stunning Hudson River views. This is a prime spot for watching bald eagles, and the shallow waters just offshore of the park are among the Hudson’s most important spawning grounds for striped bass.

 

 Organization Principles:

  • Outstanding quality of life is achievable only when a clean, healthy environment is a key component of economic development.

  • All citizens have a right to outstanding quality of life, including access to the Hudson River and open space, and to participate in community decision-making.

  • Our natural environment is an irreplaceable source of spiritual and artistic vitality and must be preserved forever.

 

Phenology Project Description:

The phenology trail at Scenic Hudson’s Esopus Meadows Preserve was launched in spring 2016. The trail currently is monitored by Scenic Hudson Conservation Science and Education staff. We’re actively recruiting community members, interested volunteers, teachers and school groups for participation in the summer and fall of 2016. For more on future volunteer, education, citizen science and training opportunities, visit Scenic Hudson's Events page.  

 

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Which species are being studied?

 

Plants

Trees and Shrubs

 

Forbs

 

Animals

Amphibians

  • Lithobates sylvaticus – wood frog

  • Pseudacris crucifer – spring peeper

  

Resources for Esopus Meadows Preserve:

Photo by: Robert Rodriguez, Jr. 

www.robertrodriguezjr.com

Photo by: Robert Rodriguez, Jr. 

www.robertrodriguezjr.com

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Community Greenways Collaborative manages the New York Phenology Project, utilizing the USA-National Phenology Network database and Nature's Notebook observation platform.